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David Mcintosh

Experienced HW engineer working in implantable medical device industry. Broad experience in relevant fields of sensors, battery technology, microelectronics and circuit design/analysis. Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from University of Washington, Seattle, USA. https://sites.google.com/site/ddmcintosh2projects/home

Abdulhakim Qahtan

Abdulhakim Qahtan is an assistant professor at the Data Intensive Systems (DIS) Group, Information and Computing Sciences Department. Before joining Utrecht University, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar (2016-2019).

Dr. Qahtan earned his PhD degree from the Machine Intelligence & kNowledge Engineering (MINE) Lab at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (2016). He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science at Cairo University, Egypt and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, respectively. He worked as a teaching assistant at Taiz University, Yemen and a lecturer at KFUPM, Saudi Arabia.

His current research focuses on data cleaning, data stream mining, time series analysis, algorithmic fairness and explainable machine learning.

Abdul-Hamid Emwas

Abdul-Hamid Emwas, is a staff scientist at Imaging and Characterization Core Lab, KAUST. Dr. Emwas received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and his M.Sc. in Biophysical Chemistry, from the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. He graduated earlier with B.Sc. (Chemistry), from the University of Bir-Zeit, Bir-Zeit, Palestine. His research interest is in developing new NMR and EPR approaches for protein and DNA structural analysis. Currently, Dr. Emwas’ research focus is on developing, optimizing and standardizing novel NMR metabolomics approaches that can be used as a diagnostic and prognostic tool for human diseases.

Abdullah Al Jehani

Abdullah Al Jehani is the Director of Mineral Exploration at the Saudi Geological Survey, Jeddah. He received his Bachelor in Geology (B.Sc.) in 1992 from King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, Faculty of Earth Science, and subsequently joined the French Geological Survey (BRGM-Mission) as Exploration Geologist in the mineral exploration sector. In 1995 he was appointed to the Deputy Ministry for Mineral Resources as Exploration Geologist. Mr. Al-Jehani then joined the Saudi Geological Survey in 2000, working there in various positions. In 2007, he was appointed as Assistant of the Metallic Minerals Division, and was promoted to the Head of the Metallic Minerals Division in 2008. He also served as the Head to the Mineral Occurrence Documentation System unit in 2011. In 2013, he was appointed as assistant of Director of Mineral exploration, and in 2014 became the Director of Mineral exploration, the position that he is currently still serving in.

Abdulrahman Aljiffry

Abdulrahman AlJiffry supports a diverse portfolio of technology start-ups ranging from consumer electronics to education to clean tech in his capacity as part of the New Ventures team at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). Abdulrahman helped found KAUSTメs accelerator program during the early days of the Entrepreneurship Center and supported the KAUSTメs entrepreneurial efforts. KAUST was named as the best Higher Education Institution Supporting Entrepreneurship in the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship Summit December 2012 only 18months after the founding of the Entrepreneurship Center. During his time in KAUST, Abdulrahman created several initiatives including the Technology Angel Summit and Graduate Business Workshop that are at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Before joining KAUST, Abdulrahman worked at Prince Sultan College where he was responsible for the institutionメs academic assessment and accreditation. Education: Abdulrahman received his BSc in Industrial Systems Engineering from King Abdulaziz University and his MBA from AlFaisal University.

Adam Milewski

Dr. Milewski is an Assistant Professor of Water Resources at the Department of Geology, University of Georgia, Georgia USA. His research work focuses primarily on complex and interrelated geologic and environmental problems using field-based data, remote sensing techniques, and numerical models. His research weaves three interconnected threads related to water resources: addressing issues pertaining to the sources, distribution, sinks, fluxes, and mechanisms of groundwater recharge; development and assessment of hydrologic models to quantify, forecast, and better understand water resources; and advancing the science of satellite applications in hydrology and geology. Dr. Milewski received several national and international awards of excellence and participated in various conferences worldwide. http://wrrs.uga.edu

Alan Fryar

Dr. Fryar's research integrates physical and chemical hydrogeology to address several overlapping themes: recharge and chemical evolution of groundwater in regional sedimentary aquifers; transport and fate of contaminants in groundwater; groundwater-stream interactions; and water-resource issues in developing countries. He and his collaborators incorporate field work and modeling in environments that range from semi-arid temperate to humid tropical, including the midcontinent USA, the Middle Atlas of Morocco, and the Ganges and Mekong valleys of south Asia.

Alberto Passalacqua

Dr. Alberto Passalacqua is assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, with a courtesy appointment in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) with a scholarship from the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research. He joined Iowa State University as a post-doctoral researcher, in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, where he worked on the development, implementation and validation of computational models for gas-particle flows. He received the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator award in 2013. His research is sponsored by National Science Foundation of the United States, by the US Department of Energy, and by various industrial collaborations. He is author of 11 journal articles, 1 book chapter, 6 conference articles with peer-review, and 15 conference proceedings. Research interests include modeling of multiphase flows, turbulent flows, computational fluid dynamics, uncertainty quantification, numerical methods and open-source scientific software. http://www.me.iastate.edu/directory/faculty/alberto-passalacqua/

Amal Dokhan

Amal is a design thinker and a passionate professional in creating customer centric experiences. She guides established corporates and startups to create innovation & commercialization opportunities through customer focused creative solutions. Amal offers multiple workshops and lectures on Design Thinking following the Stanford d.School methodology and applying IDEO’s practical learning’s as she has experienced it in Stanford with an adaptation to the local market and a customized offering for the organization requirements and needs. Throughout her career Amal gained a diversified range of experience in management and marketing related roles particularly in education and consultancy. Currently, Amal is part of the Entrepreneurship Center in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in a number of roles including the New Ventures Accelerator & Hikma IP Startup Accelerator & REVelate Corporate Innovation program. She is an internationally sought after inspirational speaker in Design thinking for Startups, Social Innovation & Female Empowerment and Education related conferences like the Spring Board Initiative and Islamic Development Bank Conference in Mozambique & in Startup Istanbul, leading Eurasian Startup Event. Prior to her relocation to the Entrepreneurship Center Amal worked in KAUST Early Stage Seed Fund; where she developed the marketing plan and coordinated the outreach activities, while providing a range of services to startup clients. Amal has previously managed an educational organization; where she designed programs and started several innovative initiatives to be implemented by the educators to improve the mindsets in order to foster creativity in the work place and the educational tools. Amal is also an entrepreneur, who started her own businesses, She was part of a joint venture with a startup in Dubai focused on creating media and production services for clients like Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai and many others. Education: Amal has a Masters in Strategic Marketing from the University of Wollongong in Australia and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from King Abdul Aziz University. During her Masters studies in the University of Wollongong, she was exposed to large organizations and built marketing strategies for several entities such as the Dubai Government, the Kempinski Hotel, Infiniti Cars. Amal also has an executive certificate in Design Thinking from the D-School in Stanford University and she co-authored & published business articles in business books.

Amjad Shacker

Mr. Amjad Shacker is the Corporate Communication GM of the Saudi Telecom Company (STC). Over the past 20 years, Mr. Shacker has covered the gamut of corporate communications and marketing services both as a client and as a service provider. His professional career began in the English-speaking channel on Saudi TV in the late 80's where he became an anchorman. Mr. Shacker’s experience is multi-sectoral, having worked at Samba Financial Group, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Vinnell Arabia, Kingdom Holding Company, Mobily, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, ACWA Power International, Dynamic Corporate Communication (a sole proprietorship), as well as Pedersen & Partners. Mr. Shacker’s holds a BA in Mass Communications from DePaul University in Chicago, USA.

Andrea BachofenEcht

Andrea Bachofen-Echt, born in Vienna, Austria, works as an artist and curator for international exhibitions. She publishes her photographic work in international magazines. Currently she works for KAUST Communications Department as event and website photographer. Her work relates and responds to social and cultural interaction of people. Her task is to restore continuity between the refined and intensified forms of experience that are works of art and the everyday events.

Anette Hosoi

Anette (Peko) Hosoi is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago and went on to become an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the MIT Department of Mathematics and at the Courant Institute, NYU. She is a leader in the study of the hydrodynamics of thin fluid films and in the nonlinear physical interaction of viscous fluids and deformable interfaces. Her work spans multiple disciplines including physics, biology and applied mathematics, and is being used, in collaboration with Schlumberger-Doll Research, Bluefin Robotics, and Boston Dynamics to guide the engineering design of robotic crawlers and other mechanisms. Prof. Hosoi is an exceptional, innovative teacher and an inspiring mentor for women in engineering. She was awarded the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, and a MacVicar Fellowship. She is a recipient of the 3M Innovation Award and has held the Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization at MIT. She is a Radcliffe Institute Fellow and was recently nominated to become a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Her research interests include fluid mechanics, bioinspired design and locomotion, with a focus on optimization of crawling gastropods, digging bivalves, swimming microorganisms and soft robotics.

Anthony Readhead

Anthony Readhead, the Robinson Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, was born in South Africa and took his BSc and BSc (Hons) degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before going to the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1968, where he took his PhD under Antony Hewish in Sir Martin Ryle’s radio astronomy group. He then spent five years as a Royal Society Weir Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, including fifteen months as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to the California Institute of Technology in 1977 and was appointed to the professorial faculty there in 1981. He has held a number of positions at the California Institute of Technology including Director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (1981- 1986, 2007 – present); Executive Officer of Astronomy (1990-1992; 20121-2013) and Director of the Chajnantor Observatory in Chile (2006- 2009). His scientific interests have been focused on cosmology and active galaxies and on techniques of high-resolution astronomy and imaging. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995.

April L. Burke

April Burke is the President and Founder of Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a Washington, D.C. government relations and consulting firm representing major universities and scientific research organizations including the California Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois System, the University of Southern California, and the Association of Independent Research Institutes. Ms. Burke’s past work includes 30 years of experience in legislative and regulatory analysis in areas related to science and engineering research, technology transfer, health and health research policy, higher education, and intellectual property. She is a veteran Washington, D.C. attorney with experience on both Capitol Hill and in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to establishing Lewis-Burke, Ms. Burke was a Vice President at Hill and Knowlton, a worldwide public affairs and public relations firm. She has served as Project Director and Legislative Counsel for the Association of American Universities, and she was an attorney with the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll. A graduate of George Washington University National Law Center, Ms. Burke was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1978 and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1979. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1974, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.

Artur Ekert

Artur Ekert is a Professor of Quantum Physics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford; a Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford; a Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor, National University of Singapore; and the Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore." His research interests focuses on quantum communication and quantum computation. He is best known as one of the inventors of quantum cryptography.

Ayman Badirah

Ayman is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Geology from King Abdulaziz University, and is the Operations Director of Ma’aden Gold and Base Metals Co. (MGBM), a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden). Being a member of the International Academy of Project Management, Ayman is a Certified Business Operations Professional with over 18 years of extensive experience in the mining industry. Before he was appointed to his current position as Operations Director, Ayman has served the Company as Senior Geologist, and in 2005, he received an Award of Recognition for his valuable contribution in extending the life of Mahd Ad Dahab Mine for another 10 years. He also served as Al-Amar Mine Manager for which he was responsible in significantly exceeding the mine’s gold production targets during his term.

Billy Currie

Born in a small mining village in Ayrshire, I later relocated to Central Scotland to pursue a career in IT and currently live in Stirlingshire with my wife and son. Having had an interest in landscape photography for some time it was the DSLR age that turned my interest into an obsession, my computing background combined with digital technology has resulted in far less restrictions and much more creative freedom for me as a photographer. Already having an extensive knowledge of computers, photography and my camera, I completed an advanced Photoshop course a couple of years ago and have continued my education of this vast product ever since as I believe these skills are crucial to a digital photographer.I am currently running photography workshops all over the UK. www.billycurriephotography.co.uk www.facebook.com/billycurriephotography

Camrin Braun

Camrin is fascinated by marine life of our planet. In 2010, he joined a team of experts who employ cutting edge techniques to understand the world’s most important fish. Since, his expeditions have ranged from sailing the remote Pacific to understand coral reefs to tagging sharks in Sudan. In 2012, Camrin joined KAUST to pursue a master’s degree in marine science where he used animal tagging to explore manta ray ecology in the Red Sea. He is now pursuing his doctoral degree in Oceanography at MIT. www.whoi.edu/people/cbraun

Carl Nablo

Carl V. Nablo is the Managing Partner of Ascendency Global and Bison Holdings. The firm is engaged with both Domestic and International Entities in Strategic and Tactical Business Consulting. Mr. Nablo also consults to numerous clients and serves on multiple boards assisting extensively on consulting models, finance, sales, marketing and business development. Mr. Nablo is a lead entrepreneurship mentor at Arizona State University. In addition, Mr. Nablo is a Thought Leader at MAC6 Incubator in Tempe, Arizona and has championed the advocacy of technology and innovation with the recent opening of the MAC6 Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Center. Mr. Nablo has extensive senior P & L leadership in both public and privately held corporations and entrepreneurial environments. He has lead as CEO, President and COO numerous global industrial, technology and process organizations through strategic change and rapid growth. He has a long-term experience with the acquisition and integration of companies to maximize shareholder value. Mr. Nablo is the co - founder of the Arizona Industrial Manufacturing Group (AMG) whose members support the development of industrial platforms to the state of Arizona. He was recently asked by the White House Urban Economic Forum to serve on a panel on manufacturing. Mr. Nablo holds a B.A from the College of Arts & Sciences at Bucknell University. Industry Areas: Energy, OEM, Industrial goods

Charlie Lewis

Prior to his venture fund experiences, Charlie was vice president of sales and marketing for Tritium Technologies. There he developed the marketing plan and managed the sales process for the company’s digital vibration attenuation products. He also served as International Director for Distribution for ANVT, Inc. In that role, he formulated the North American and European distribution plans and gained key insight into international trade relations. Charlie was a founding partner of Midas Computers in 1984 after graduating from Arizona State University with a B.S. in computer science. The company designed software tools for small retail businesses and was acquired by POS Systems in 1993. Bio: Charlie Lewis manages the creation and growth of new ASU spinout companies for AzTE. Charlie brings 20 years of entrepreneurial and private equity experience to AzTE. Prior to joining AzTE, he served as general partner for two Arizona venture capital funds, Arris Ventures and Paradise ’94. He directed the investment committee responsible for analyzing due diligence findings and appropriating more than $25 million in private capital with an emphasis on early-stage technology companies. During that time, he was involved in the acquisition of three portfolio companies, one by a public corporation (NYSE: IDR).

Christian Klingenberg

Christian Klingenberg is a professor of mathematics working at Wuerzburg University in Germany. He obtained his PhD at the Courant Institute in New York on a topic in fluid mechanics. Already then his lifelong interest in interdisciplinary work with physics began. During his career his focus has turned to working with astrophysicists by developing numerical methods in close cooperation with them. His latest cooperation is with the renown astrophysicist Volker Springel from Heidelberg University. http://www.mathematik.uni-wuerzburg.de/~klingen/Welcome.html

Christof Wöll

Christof Wöll, Professor Dr., has accepted in June 2009 an offer to become a W3 professor at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). At the same time he has been appointed director of the Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (successor of Rolf Nüesch). Wöll studied physics at the University of Göttingen and was awarded a PhD in 1987 for work carried out under the supervision of Peter Toennies at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen. From 1988 to 1989, he worked as a research associate at the IBM research laboratories, San Jose, CA/USA. Then, he hold a position equivalent to Assistant Professor at the Chair of Applied Physical Chemistry of the University of Heidelberg (Head of chair: Prof. Michael Grunze) for five years. After his habilitation, Wöll was granted a Heisenberg scholarship by the German Science Foundation (DFG) in 1994. He headed the Photoelectron Spectroscopy Group at the Chair of Applied Physical Chemistry of the University of Heidelberg and established a Molecular Beam Scattering Group at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen. In 1997, he accepted an offer made by the University of Bochum to take over the chair for Physical Chemistry. In Bochum he founded the collaborative research center SFB558 “Metal-substrate Interactions in Heterogeneous Catalysis” in 2000.

Christopher Davey

Christopher Davey, who presents under his pen name Thorby Rudbek, writes Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. He calls his Sci-Fi "Tender-Crisp", meaning it is upbeat, bright (i.e. not dark!) has lots of excitement, adventure, interesting characters and some real, old-fashioned heroes. His idea of romance is refreshingly completely free of 'bedroom gymnastics'. He has ensured ionizing radiation safety for governments, health providers and energy companies in the West and the M.E.

Daniel Binham

Daniel is a PhD student in Mathematics. He likes playing table tennis and (to a lesser extent) badminton, squash and tennis.

David J. Mackill

David J. Mackill is a plant science manager with Mars Inc. and an adjunct professor in plant sciences at the University of California, Davis. Previously, he was a division head and principal scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, where he developed over 25 rice varieties and published research on the genetics of resistance to rice blast disease and submergence and drought tolerance. He and his colleagues identified a gene from traditional rice varieties that conferred tolerance to 2 weeks or more submergence. Over 3 million farmers have adopted the improved tolerant varieties since 2009. In addition to his leadership and research work, he has supervised the thesis research of 22 graduate students.

David Keyes

Professor Keyes is the director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST. He earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1978 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984. Prof Keyes works at the interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of partial differential equations. Before joining KAUST as a founding dean in 2009, he led DOE scalable solver software projects and taught at Columbia University and Yale.

David Paredes

Dr. David Paredes teaches courses in creativity, motivation and change at Purdue University and Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Learning Technologies from Drexel University and has an undergraduate degree in philosophy, as well as a graduate degree in instructional design. He has used this unique combination of disciplines to explore the ways in which knowledge is created and subsequently changed into new and novel ways of perceiving the world during the creative process. He investigated the complex relationship between motivation, creativity and change by analyzing the environmental conditions and types of interactions that would allow employees to take advantage of changing work environments for furthering innovation during mergers, acquisitions and major reorganizations. His conclusions served as the basis for his ongoing advocacy of intrinsic motivation in the workplace. He has been able to put his research into practice at several organizations as a leader in employee learning and development. In addition to his academic and professional experience, Dr. Paredes has also served as a consultant for KPMG’s People and Change division where he worked with Fortune 500 clients on developing methods for sustaining innovation during periods of major change.

David Reitter

David Reitter is a professor and co-director of the Applied Cognitive Science Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Reitter’s research interests lie in computational cognition. Through empirical experimentation and mining of big data, he develops models of human cognition that describe how humans communicate and how they make decisions. These models explain some of the most fascinating human abilities, such as verbalizing and spreading information
within a vast network of social contacts, or making quick, intuitive decisions relevant to, e.g., security. Reitter holds degrees in linguistics, computer science and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. http://www.david-reitter.com http://acs.ist.psu.edu

Dora Dos Santos

Dora dos Santos is from Aveiro, Portugal and lives in KAUST with her husband and two twin baby-boys since 2013. In 2004 she became part of the Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO, at the University of Aveiro) as Executive Directorate, and in 2009 she was invited to be Lecturer at the High School of Technology and Management of Águeda (University of Aveiro). She got her MSc in 2011 from the University of Aveiro in Development Policies and Innovation with the theses ‘Design applied to Science and Technology - a management approach’ (supervisor Teresa Franqueira). Her graduation in Regional and Urban Planning (2000), a one year study at the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Wales, UK and the experience as trainee at the Department of Planning and Heritage, City Council of Aveiro make her to be invited as Assistant researcher at the Research Centre for Innovation and Social-Economic Development (CEIDET) at the Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro in 1999. Dora published some articles in the field of High school creation and development and, design management.

Edgar Gabriel

Edgar Gabriel is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Houston, USA. Prior to that,he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University of Tennessee, USA and at the High Performance Computing Center (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Germany. He got his doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests are in High Performance Computing, Parallel I/O and Message Passing Systems. He is an early contributor to the popular Open MPI library, and the lead architect of numerous other message passing systems, including Volpex MPI, ADCL and PACX-MPI. http://www.cs.uh.edu/~gabriel

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Enzo Di Fabrizio

Prof Di Fabrizio conducts an interdisciplinary activity between physics and biology and nanomedicine that includes basic and applied research in nanotechnology. At KAUST he is dedicated to setting up a new lab for Molecular Sensing and Imaging. His main interests concern the study of material and macro molecules at nanoscale, their structure and function, through novel spectroscopy approaches mediated by nanostructures. In particular the activity includes: nanofabrication of plasmonic devices, optical tweezers based microscopy (applied to biophysics and nanomedicine), Raman spectroscopy for single molecules detection through scanning probe, design and fabrication of microfluidics nano-devices dedicated to cellomics and drug delivery, proteomic, biophotonic and TEM imaging.

Farhan Pasha

Dr. Syed Farhan Ahmad Pasha (PASHA) is a Lead Scientist with CRI SABIC at KAUST. He has a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry with more than 14 years of research experience. He has been working at Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea, as a Visiting Scientist, As Research Engineer at Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) France and as a Visiting Scientist jointly with Institute François du Petrol (IFP), Paris, France and KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC). His research interest includes application of quantum chemical calculations (DFT) and molecular dynamics calculations to understand reaction mechanisms of various chemical reactions. At SABIC he is currently involved in the design of materials and catalysts. http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xibqTf0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Felix Mueller

Dr Felix Müller, vice president of European Research Policy at Evonik Industries AG has more than 20 years of experience in the surfactant development and applications field. He has worked on personal care, household care, car care and other surfactant related topics. He published more than 100 papers in the field of surfactants and more than 30 patents. He is member of the KICP board since 2012.

Fernando Montiel Klint

Born in Mexico city 1978, Fernando Montiel Klint studied photography at la Escuela Activa de Fotografía and Centro de la Imagen. His work is part of the collections at Guangdong Museum of Art,China, Kenyérgyár Siofok 320 Hungary, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo MAC, Chile, Nave K, Spain, Museum of Modern Art Aguascalientes Mexico, and the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University. Recently, Klint has an individual show 'Sinapsis' at Galeria Chile Arte on the festival of arts ARC 2014. In 2011 has his individual show 'Actos de Fe' at de Rencontres d’Arles. His work has also been exhibited individually: 'Sinapsis' in Kiev, Ukraine at the festival KievFotoCom in 2012, 'Actos de fe' at la Galería Fernando Pradilla,Madrid, Spain 2011, 'No Escape' at San Antonio Museum of Art in 2010, 'Espacio Confinad'o at Colegio de Arquitectos de Murcia, Spain 2008, 'Nirvana' at Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico 2008, Cero Galería in Bogota, Colombia 2008 and Fototeca Nacional Mexico 2007 and 'Tiempos Modernos' at Centro de la Imagen, Mexico city 2007 As collective exhibitions, Klint has recently been selected for the exhibition A Process at Gallery Höhmannhaus in Augsburg, Germany as well as Ouroboros a Mexican Cycle, Pingyao China (curated by Alasdair Foster), The gaze of 45 Mexican Photographers at Guangdong Museum of Art and Hubei Museum of Art, Mexican worlds 25 Contemporary Photographer, Itinerant Poland, Spain and Belgic at the Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, 2011 Posible Worlds at Art Museum of the Americas, Washington itinerante at The Gabarron Foundation in NY. Among other spaces that his work has shown are Ex Teresa Museum in Mexico city, Chobi Mei, Bangladesh, Museo de Arte Moderno Chile Arte, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico city, Museo de la Patagonia, Argentina, Colegio de Arquitectos, Murcia, Spain, * Revolution and Commerce curated by Trisha Ziff itinerante at Victoria & Albert Museum de Londres; Santralistanbul, EstambulBilgi University en Turquía, El Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, La Triennalede Milano. Selected in the last 6 Bie en las ultimas 6 Photography biennial in Mexico (2004/06/08/10/12/14). He has received grants from Young Creators 2005, Mexico and Coinversión 2006 by FONCA in Mexico the awards Omnilife in Mexico and the 1 place by ID Magazine and Reforma Newspaper, Prize Acquisition on the XXII National Meeting of Young Art Mexico, and he obtained a Honorable mention at XXXIII National Meeting of Young Art Mexico; Finalist at Critical Mass EUA. Some Art Fairs where his work has been shown are lgunas Fotofever Paris, Preview Berlín Slick, Paris, Scope Basel Suiza, Maco Mexico, PhotoMiami, MadridFoto, His work has been published in Eyemazing, in Holland, Photoworld China, Exit in Spain Breeze Magazine (China), Images Le Magazine de la Photographie (France), Le Courrier, Suiza 2011, Mexican Portraits (edited by Fundación Televisa y Aperture), Wane magazine in Luxembourg, PhotoIcon, London, Art Nexus,Picnic, en el libro No sabe no Contesta ¨ (Rordrigo Alonso) Argentina, País, España, and Photomedia Center Insight. Interactions WEP 2015 (Main Community) Total Votes 0 Total Posts 0 Total Comments 0 Teaching WEP655 The Photographic Act 2015 Recent Posts No Recent Posts Available Recent Comments No Recent Comments Available

Frank Devitt

Dr. Frank Devitt has worked over thirty years in technology businesses in Ireland and Europe as engineer, engineering manager, general manager, marketing and sales director, CEO and entrepreneur. He has founded a number of technology businesses and remains a director of some. Most of his business development career has been directed towards European and US markets, in industrial automation and military sectors. Frank is currently at National University of Ireland Maynooth where he is Head of the Department of Design Innovation and also Director of the EDEN Centre for Entrepreneurship Design and Innovation. Previously, Frank was Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering, having earned his PhD in the 1980s for novel motor design for robotic systems. Frank’s expertise is on how to stimulate radical innovation and entrepreneurship in small and large businesses, based on principles of design thinking. This emphasises experimentalism, purposive creativity and user focus. He lectures, researches and consults in these areas.

Ghassan Mirdad

Eng. Ghassan Mirdad is currently the Vice President & General Manager of Schlumberger's Arabian Market, covering Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Partition Zone. Eng. Mirdad has over 18 professional years of experience with Schlumberger, with 13 years of international assignments across Egypt, Bolivia, Brazil, Pakistan, Dubai, Malaysia and Paris, including assignments in his home country of Saudi Arabia. During his career in Schlumberger, Eng. Mirdad has held several significant positions in the field, line management, operations and HR. Eng. Mirdad received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in 1996 from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Gordon Mcconnell

As Head of the Entrepreneurship Center in KAUST since May 2014, Gordon has grown the activities of the center including the development of Teaching & Learning programs, startup accelerators such as the HIKMA IP-based and the REVelate corporate innovation program.

Prior to Saudi Arabia, he was the Associate Vice President of Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group (EIG) and Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer, which was funded by the US department of defense, and an Assistant Professor of Practice. During his time in ASU, his group was ranked in the top 10 in the US for university incubators according to the UBI Global Index. While in ASU he developed several new innovation initiatives including the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, which won the U.S. award for Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development in 2013. Previously, Gordon was Deputy CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland where he developed new programs such as the Business Innovation Program (accredited) in 2011 and was the founder of the Propeller startup accelerator in 2010.

Guillaume Nery

Guillaume grew up by the Mediterranean Sea, in Nice. As a child, he used to go diving every summer with his flippers and mask, accompanied by his father, to discover the wonders of the underwater world. At the age of 14, he and a friend took up a challenge: to hold their breath for as long as possible. The simple game became an obsession and led him one day to meet Claude Chapuis, the founder of the international AIDA federation (Worldwide Federation for breath-hold diving). He became his mentor. True to the Nice school of diving, Guillaume devoted all his time and energy to his passion. He made huge progress when working alongside Loic Leferme (5 times No-Limits world record holder), who later became a role model, guide and close friend. In 2002, he became the youngest ever free dive record holder, by diving to a depth of -87m using the force of his fins alone. That marked the beginning of a great adventure. Guillaume then beat the world record 3 times, became the world team champion in 2008 and the individual world champion in Greece in 2011, diving down to -117m.Nowadays, he dives until -125m of depth. As well as all the competitions and broken records, Guillaume teaches deep diving at his school, CIPA (in Nice), conducts training, is involved in business life and sets sail across the world's oceans searching for new areas to explore. However, it was thanks to the film he produced in 2010 with his partner Julie Gautier, FREE FALL, that the Frenchman's career truly took off. One scene shows Guillaume walking on a seabed, towards an underwater chasm: the Deans Blue Hole (Bahamas), the deepest blue hole in the world. Suddenly, he jumps into emptiness and starts his free fall into the chasm. In just a few days, these images had been seen all around the world, revealing a new, artistic and poetic approach to free diving. Since then, the famous couple has carried out a number of other film projects, including NARCOSE (written and produced by Julie), which stages the abysmal depths into which Guillaume dove. Much more than a sport, Guillaume practices diving like an art, has turned it into a way of life, combining aesthetic appeal and high performance levels.

Habib Fathallah

Habib Fathallah, received his M.Sc. and PhD from Universite Laval, Canada, in 1997 and 2001 respectively. He is Associate professor in Electrical Engineering, King Saud University, Co-founder of KACST-KSU Technology Innovation Center and Thrust Leader of Photonics. He founder and CEO of Access Photonic Networks (2001-2006). He authored 100 publications, 10 patents, and 2 books. His actual research interest includes Photonic Communication Systems and Technologies, Metro and Access Networks, Optical CDMA, Optical SDM, PONs, FTTH, FiWi, FSO, LiFi, Optical Antennas, and EM Energy Harvesting.

Harald Haas

Professor Harald Haas holds the Chair for Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and in 2011 in his TEDTalk, which has now been viewed over 1.5 million times, he demonstrated that it is possible to turn LED light bulbs into broadband wireless transmission systems. He has pioneered ‘Li-Fi’, listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011, holds 26 patents and has 20 pending patent applications, and is co-founder and chief scientific officer of pureLiFi Ltd. Professor Haas has published over 270 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science. His second textbook‚ ‘Principles of LED Light Communications Towards Networked Li-Fi‘ will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2015. Professor Haas invented and has pioneered Spatial Modulation. His main research interests are wireless system engineering and digital signal processing, with a particular focus on optical wireless communications; hybrid optical wireless and RF communications; and energy and spectral efficient wireless communications. In 2012, Professor Haas was awarded the prestigious Established Career Fellowship from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He was featured in the first edition of CNN's ‘Make Create Innovate‘ Programme in September 2012. In November 2013, a new Li-Fi Research and Development Centre was established, led by Professor Haas. This internationally leading UK centre will accelerate the adoption of Li-Fi and emerging wireless technology through engagement with major industrial partners, to fully harness the commercial and innovative potential of Li-Fi, and establish an exciting new $8 billion Li-Fi industry. The Centre is currently identifying new industrial partners and international electronics companies to collaboratively further develop Li-Fi technology. The Centre uses a National Instruments massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) Testbed in its Optima Lab. In April 2014, Professor Haas was selected as one of ten RISE Leaders, in recognition of their engagement, influence and impact in scientific research. In August 2014, a new £12 million five-year joint project, ‘Towards Ultimate Convergence if All Networks‘ (TOUCAN), started work on drastically evolving Software Defined Networking (SDN). Professor Haas will lead the TOUCAN Lab, a multi-technology experimental platform to validate the TOUCAN vision, new solutions and architecture through a series of technology evaluation cycles, real-world user trials. The Li-Fi 'optical attocell network' developed in the Li-Fi Centre will be an essential part of this mix of innovative technologies. Li-Fi is innovative, and research and product development is central to the newly emerging Li-Fi industry, and in the future‚ to the ‘internet of everything‘.

Hashim Kamakhi

Hashim graduated with an industrial chemistry engineering degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Then, after completing his master of science in chemical and biological engineering at KAUST, he joined Dow Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS;) as an Application Development Engineer. In his current role, Hashim leads the development and implementation of application technolgy

Hattan Ahmed

Hattan currently leads the Entrepreneurship Center at KAUST, delivering the university’s entrepreneurship vision. He believes in young people as change agents of the future and that universities play a key role in creating national economic impact. In his role as an advocate for innovation, Hattan works across the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Kingdom, delivering entrepreneurship training, creating corporate innovation programs, and accelerating startups that will contribute to the national transformation agenda. Hattan has a diverse background in industry, startups and academia. As a startup co-founder, he brings a successful entrepreneurial background to his role, having navigated early stage growth to acquisition. He has received multiple entrepreneurial awards on both a national and international scale. He also brings a rich background in Information Technology to his role, with experience in system design development and implementation within industries ranging from oil and gas, travel and retail.

Jacqueline Piper


Jay Connor

Joseph “Jay” Connor, JD/MBA, is the Founder/CEO of Learning Ovations, Inc. LOI is the commercialization/technology transfer resulting from his partnership with the US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, Florida Center for Reading Research, and Arizona State University. LOI is an ed-tech company delivering a research-based SaaS to school districts across North America that uses student assessment to recommend individualized instruction activities to achieve significant improvement in reading achievement across the economic and ethnic spectrum. This recognition of the need to develop evidence-based tools in order to achieve transformative outcomes in our community systems – most notably education – was a driving consideration in his founding of The Collaboratory for Community Solutions. The research findings from over 75 communities are found in his book, published spring 2003 (second edition 2005) by Wilder Press, Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact. It is the most extensive discussion available on the leadership art of linking sectors, initiatives, technologies and systems in achieving community solutions. Jay has 20+ years of experience in senior business management at the multi-billion dollar corporate level. He was a Regional President of ADT Security Systems, where he oversaw a $150 million unit with 1100 employees and offices in 35 communities. During this period, he also commuted from California to NYC where he served ADT as Senior VP, Marketing and Field Support. He has also been a Group Vice President for Johnson Controls, a $10 billion company. Industry Areas: Education, Energy, Security, Social Responsibility, Philanthropy & NGO Functional Areas: Strategy, Marketing, Finance, C-Level Roles, Sales, and Startups

Jay Famiglietti

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor of Earth System Science and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He was appointed by the Governor of California to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, and he is the Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling (UCCHM) at UC Irvine. Before joining UCI in 2001, Jay was on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped launch the program in climate and the UT Environmental Science Institute. Jay and his team have been researching and communicating about water and climate change — in academics, in business, in government and to the general public — for over 25 years. He appeared as a featured expert in the water documentary Last Call at the Oasis, and he is a regular contributor to National Geographic Water Currents and to Huffington Post. Jay is a frequent speaker, and his research is often featured in the international news media. He is currently working on his first book on climate change, emerging threats to water security, and a modern view of the global water crisis. Website http://jayfamiglietti.com http://twitter.com/jayfamiglietti

Jens Schneider

Jens Schneider is a Staff Scientist at the Visual Computing Center at KAUST. Apart from his professional experience in large-scale scientific visualization, he is an avid electronics tinker and his expertise includes programming embedded systems and microcontrollers. As an active member of KAUST’s Maker Space SDG, he has co-authored and co-hosted several WEP courses in previous years on topics related to the Maker Culture. In 2013, Jens received the Seed Fund for Hachid Arabia.

Jey Scaranto

Dr. Jey Scaranto is a Lead Scientist in Computational Catalysis with SABIC. Her primary role is in the design of novel catalysts for important industrial applications. Jey did her Bachelors and Masters in Applied Chemistry and Doctorate in Chemical Sciences at the University of Venice (Italy). During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, she worked on the adsorption of halogenated derivatives of methane and ethene on titanium dioxide surfaces using both infrared spectroscopy and DFT calculations. She also investigated computationally the surface acidity of TiO2 using carbon monoxide as probe molecule. During her Ph.D. she spent some months at the Imperial College of London where she developed a method to investigate the adsorption energetics using a periodic approach. The approach allows both to estimate the lateral effects between neighboring molecules and to determine the binding energy in the limit of an isolated adsorbed molecule. During her postdoctoral at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) she worked on the adsorption and decomposition of molecules on metal surfaces and in particular she considered in detail the decomposition of formic acid on transition metals. Jey also simulated interactions between metal cations and generic molecules using quantum composite methods, like the complete basis set (CBS) methods.

John Mcintosh

Maintains laboratory instruments and develops operation procedures while assisting intellectually with the main goal of academic research at the Clean Combustion Research Center.

Julian Cheng

Julian Cheng received a B. Eng. Degree (First Class) in electrical engineering from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, a M.Sc. (Eng.) degree in mathematics and engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada. In July 2006, He joined the School of Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, in Kelowna, BC, Canada as an Assistant Professor. In July 2011, he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the same School. Previously, Dr. Cheng worked for Bell Northern Research (BNR) and Northern Telecom (later known as NORTEL Networks), and taught at both University of Alberta and Lakehead University. His current research interests include digital communications over wireless channels, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, spread spectrum communications, statistical signal processing for wireless applications, and optical wireless communications. Dr. Cheng co-chaired the 12th Canadian Workshop on Information Theory (CWIT 2011), which was held May 18-22, 2011 on UBC Okanagan campus. In 2012, he chaired the 2012 Wireless Communications, which was held July 3-5, 2012 in Banff, Canada. Currently, he serves as an Editor for IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, and a Guest Editor for a special issue of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications on optical wireless communications. Dr. Cheng is also a Senior Member of IEEE.

Julie Gautier

Julie Gautier is a film director and underwater cameraperson. Julie will serve as a diving instructor alongside Free diving World Champion Guillaume Nery during the 2 workshops he will lead during his stay: "Free diving in the sea" and "Free diving in the pool".

Juma Kileo

Juma Kileo is an artist in the tradition of David Mzuguno, the originator of the Mzuguno style of painting.

Kenji Williams

Kenji Williams is the founder and director of the world-renowned musicial multimedia show Bella Gaia.

Kevin Sale

Kevin Sale is a CISSP accredited security professional with over 15 years security experience in the telecommunications, education, finance and energy sectors. His experience spans across all domains of Information Security; however at KAUST he is responsible for Information Security Governance, Risk and Compliance and project delivery.

Khalid Alyahya

Khalid S. Al-Yahya, Ph.D., is an Awad-Winning leader who serves as the Director of iThra Programs at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. Currently he, also, leads Saudi Aramco Corporate Initiative named “iThra Youth”. Focused on creative STEM education and character building skills, iThra Youth will inspire and enrich two million Saudi Youth Kingdom-wide by 2020 through providing innovative and high quality programs and will position Saudi Aramco as a national patron of youth development in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he is leading the progress of King Abdulaziz Center’s Library and Archive components as well as The Center’s Research & Development and Content Development efforts. He was awarded World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award for his initiatives aimed at transforming education through innovation. In 2014, Saudi Aramco Board of Director recognized his efforts as a symbol of Excellence. Prior to joining the King Abdulaziz Center, Dr. Al-Yahya served as a Scientific Consultant for King Abdulaziz Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity. He launched an initiative aimed at promoting public awareness (and understanding) of science and making informal contributions to science education. The initiative, which gained cheering reviews by media, was based on capturing the methods and accuracy of science, while making the language more accessible and artistic. Previously, he served as a Professor of Physics at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He is frequently invited as a guest speaker to deliver lectures for various intellectual circles. Dr. Al-Yahya received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Kipara Mzuguno

Kipara Mzuguno is an artist who has carried on in the tradition of his father, David Mzuguno, the originator of the Mzuguno style of painting.

Klaus Richter

Since 2007: Group leader and Privatdozent at the Technische Universität München. Research interests include the functional aspects of the protein folding and homeostasis system composed of molecular chaperones and other stress-protective systems. The analysis of the participating proteins and their interaction mechanisms using biophysical methods. Further we aim at establishing the influence of amyloids and other toxic protein aggregates on cellular homeostasis, in particular on the mitochondrial system and the polyphosphate/phosphate regulation in the model systems S. cerevisiae and C.elegans. 2012: Habilitation in “Biochemical Mechanisms of Stress-induced Reactions in Eukaryotes” 2004 – 2006: Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northwestern University Evanston working on the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to decipher the regulation of the heat-shock response. 1999 – 2003: Ph.D. thesis on the “ATP-Hydrolysis oft he molecular chaperone HSp90 and ist regulation by co-factors” performed at the Technische Universität München 1996 – 1997: DAAD-funded exchange student in the lab of David P. Cistola, Washington University St. Louis working on NMR-technologies to determine lipid binding to lipid binding proteins. www.richterlab.de

Kristin Hoffmann


Laila Nehme

Laïla Nehmé is a French archaeologist and epigraphist. She is a senior research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. She has been working in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years (Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia). She has been the director (2002-2006) and is now the co-director of the Saudi-French Archaeological Project (2008-2014). Her field of research is Nabataean studies in general, with a particular interest for themes such as religion, urban space, and a specialisation in Nabataean epigraphy. She has just published the first volume of the Archaeological and epigraphic Atlas of Petra (in French, 2012) and is the author of many contributions on Nabataean archaeology and epigraphy.

Lakshmi Selvakumaran

Lakshmi Selvakumaran is a PhD student at KAUST and is currently the president of the Amateur Astronomy Association at KAUST.

Latif Abdul

Lead Data Architect at KAUST, with 25+ years of experience in architecting, designing, and developing mission critical applications and systems infrastructure for US Fortune 500 companies, as well as major private and public sector entitities in Latin America, Europe, and Middle East. An industry-certified Enterprise Architect, Latif is interested in exploiting the advances in mobile platform development in the system building blocks of KAUST enterprise architecture.

Lisa Rowland

Lisa Rowland is a San Francisco-based improvisor and a member of BATS Improv, and Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. She is also a founding member of Awkward Dinner Party, and was voted Best Actor in the Bay Area in the SF Bay Guardian for 2012. In addition to performing, Lisa has been a teacher of improv for nearly ten years, teaching improv to students of all ages and experience levels. She coaches high school improv teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and is also is a trainer for improv-based workshops for professional teams. She has worked with organizations such as Google, Oracle, Stanford University and Genentech. She's been lucky enough to travel all over the country and the world doing improv, and is pleased to be coming back for a second year teaching as a part of WEP at KAUST.

Louis Courtois

Luois Courtois is a teacher who has been involved with singing, teaching & performing for many years, particularly in the classical arena.

Lubna Olayan

Lubna S. Olayan started her career at JP Morgan as a financial analyst. In 1983, she joined Olayan Financing Company (OFC) as a financial analyst and assistant to the Chairman. Ms Olayan was appointed CEO and Deputy Chairman of OFC in 1986 and then continued in these same roles following that the reorganization in early 2000 that consolidated all of The Olayan Group’s trading, real estate, investment and consumer related operations in the region with those of OFC.

Luisa Javier

Luisa Javier was born in Mexico City. Her bachelor's degree is in Industrial Engineering from ITESM Mexico and she successfully completed a master's degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in 2011. Her master thesis topic was the "Effect of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) and Tween 80 surfactants on Cell Viability in an Air?Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell". She has lived and studied in the U.S., France and Saudi Arabia. In the present-day, she is the CEO of a start-up multilevel marketing company, working with a team of KAUST Alumni. www.sinacqua.com.mx

Maite Brandt-Pearce

Dr. Maïté Brandt-Pearce is a professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1993. Her research interests include nonlinear effects in fiber-optics, free-space optical communications, cross-layer design of optical networks subject to physical layer degradations, body area networks, and radar signal processing. Dr. Brandt-Pearce is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and an NSF RIA. She is a co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at ICC 2006 and GLOBECOM 2012. She serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networks, and Springer Photonic Network Communications. She was co-editor of a book entitled Cross-Layer Design in Optical Networks, Springer Optical Networks Series, 2013. She was the General Chair of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers in 2009 and the Chair of the Optical Wireless Workshop at GLOBECOM 2013. Links: http://www.ece.virginia.edu/faculty/brandt-pearce.html http://www.ece.virginia.edu/~optcom/

Malek Smaoui

Malek Smaoui received her M.S. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2011 in computer science from the University of Houston. Her research interests are primarily in parallel computing, volunteer computing with BOINC and optimizations with evolutionary algorithms for scientific applications. She is currently a lecturer at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology with focus on teaching parallel programming models and high performance computing and architecture.

Marina Kochetyga

Marina Kochetyga is from Kiev, Ukraine. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, but her passion and career are in fashion and photography. She has been a freelance photographer for the past ten years, and now publishes her works in a wide range of printed periodicals – from top scientific journals such as Science to top fashion magazines like Vogue.

Mark Maslin

Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences at University College London. He is a Royal Society Industrial Fellow working with Rezatec Ltd a company he co-founded. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation, Steria, and Carbon Sense Ltd. He is a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in global and regional climatic change and has publish over 130 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, The Lancet and Nature Climate Change. He has been awarded £45 million in grants, written 11 books, over 30 popular articles and appears regularly on radio and television. His latestbook is OUP “Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction”. Maslin was also a co-author of the seminal Lancet 2009 report ‘Managing the health effects of climate change’ and the Lancet 2013 review paper on the health links between Population, Development and Climate Change. He was included in Who’s Who for the first time in 2009 and was granted a five year Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2011. http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/~mmaslin/

Martin Mai

Professor Mai's research interests include the physics of earthquakes and the resulting complexity of earthquake phenomena, as seen, for instance, through earthquake-source imaging and dynamic rupture modeling. Mai's work extends to strong ground motion properties and near-source broadband wavefield simulations that include seismic wave scattering in heterogeneous media. He is also interested in earthquake engineering and seismic hazard analysis, and the application of innovative seismology tools in these fields. In this context, his work spans from fundamental earthquake physics to applied earthquake engineering.

Martina Viglasska

Martina was born in Slovakia and studied Garden and Landscape Architecture at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria). Before joining KAUST she worked as garden designer in Austria. Martina Joined KAUST in November 2012 and works in the Campus Support Department.

Matteo Icardi

Dr. Matteo Icardi is currently a postdoctoral fellow at KAUST, in the Stochastic Numerics Research group, and at UT Austin, in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. His main expertise is computational fluid dynamics and porous media flows. He obtained a M.S. in Mathematical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) where he studied and developed efficient simulation strategies for complex multiphase turbulent flows. He also worked as consultant and developer for the different CFD companies before starting his postdoctoral research in multi-scale simulations and uncertainty quantification of groundwater and reservoir flows. http://stochastic_numerics.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Icardi.aspx

Michael L. Ledford

Michael Ledford is the Vice President for Client Management and Partner at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC. With 15 years of experience at the firm, Mr. Ledford has successfully led numerous strategies to create and shape federal programs and initiatives in areas such as energy and environment, computing, astronomy, physics, social sciences, healthcare, neuroscience, economic development, and higher education. Mr. Ledford also works at the federal level to foster new policies and programs associated with university-industry-government partnerships. Mr. Ledford has shepherded several large national and international scientific facilities through U.S. administrative and legislative processes and engaged in efforts to influence federal policies on issues ranging from immigration to cost sharing and technology transfer. In addition to his activities at the firm, Mr. Ledford has served in leadership roles in national research and education coalitions, participated on the board of non-profit organizations, and presented to university faculty, senior administrators, and boards of trustees throughout the country. Mr. Ledford holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.

Michael Holland

Michael Holland is the Chief of Staff at New York University’s Center for Urban Science + Progress. Announced in April 2012 as part of New York City’s Applied Sciences NYC initiative, CUSP is a graduate-level program in the emerging field of urban informatics. Prior to coming to NYU, Mike was the Senior Advisor and Staff Director in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. There, he helped design and execute the first ever Quadrennial Technology Review, a strategic framework for the Department’s energy technology R&D programs. Previously, Mike was the program examiner in the White House Office of Management & Budget with responsibility for the Department of Energy's the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the Office of Science, which is the US Government’s largest sponsor of research in the physical sciences. Mike has also served as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and on the staff of the House Science Committee. Mike earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael L. Berumen

Mike received a Zoology degree from the University of Arkansas in 2001. He then attended James Cook University in Australia to pursue graduate studies in coral reef ecology, specializing in life history and ecology of butterflyfishes. He was awarded the PhD in 2007. Mike accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he focused on larval connectivity in coral reef fishes. During his time in Woods Hole, Mike began working in the Red Sea in 2008 in partnership with a new university in Saudi Arabia - the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Mike joined KAUST in July 2009 as a founding faculty member in the Red Sea Research Center. Mike has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters, and he has co-edited two books. His research focuses on advancing general understanding of Red Sea coral reefs and more broadly making contributions to movement ecology, which is a critical aspect of developing conservation plans in the marine environment. He is particularly interested in connectivity questions ranging from larval dispersal to large distance migrations of adult fishes.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a specialist in photographing and writing about deserts. Born in Munich in 1963, he had already discovered his love of deserts by the age of seventeen. Over two decades he has undertaken eighty journeys through the deserts of Africa, published 15 books of photographs up to now and held over 1,000 slide presentations. In 1999 he began work on his latest project »Deserts of the Earth. http://www.michael-martin.de/michael_martin/index_en.html

Miroslav Krstic

Miroslav Krstic holds the Daniel L. Alspach endowed chair and is the founding director of the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics at UC San Diego. He also serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSD. Krstic is Fellow of IEEE, ASME, IFAC, and IET and a recipient of the PECASE, NSF Career, and ONR Young Investigator Awards, as well as the Axelby and Schuck Paper Prizes and the Chestnut Book Prize. He was the first recipient of the UCSD Research Award in the area of engineering and has held the Russell Severance Springer Distinguished Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. Krstic serves as Senior Editor in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Automatica and as editor of several book series by Springer and Birkhauser. He has served as Vice President for Technical Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society and chair of the IEEE CSS Fellow Committee. Krstic has coauthored ten books on adaptive, nonlinear, and stochastic control, extremum seeking, control of PDE systems including turbulent flows, and control of delay systems. http://flyingv.ucsd.edu

Mitsuji Matsumoto

Prof. Mitsuji Matsumoto joined NTT in 1970, and worked at the Electrical Communication Laboratories (ECL) Research Center. His task was Research & Development and International Standardization for Telematics, Mobile Multimedia Communication System etc. In 1996, he changed job to Waseda University and in 2000 joined Graduate School of Global Information Telecommunication Studies (GITS). In Waseda University, he worked on the Research and Development for Optical and Wireless Mobile Environment System. He established the Mobile Environment System Project Research Laboratory and acting as the project Leader. The project is engaged in Construction of Mobile Communication System, Construction of High Speed Campus Network using 60 GHz Millimeter wave, Infrared Data Communication Interface, Design of Protocol Architecture, Mobile IP and Mobile Agent and related Research and Development. In Design of Distance Learning System using Optical Wireless Network, so far contents of different themes like cultural heritage of Silk-road, Moai of Easter Island, Dietary Heritage of Scotland have been taken. In Productive ICT Academia of Waseda University 21st Century COE Project, as a sub-leader, he was in charge of research of "Circulation of information for human piece and impression. International Standardization Activity: Since 1979 and up to present, he has attended the ITU-T (formerly CCITT) meeting and contributed to the standardization of Facsimile, Telematics, Multimedia Services etc. At present, he is the Vice-chairman of ITU-T SG16 (Multimedia services, systems and Terminal), Working Party Chairman (2001-2004). As a chairman of Rapporteur's group 1988, he completed the Recommendation T.90 for protocol architecture of ISDN G4 facsimile. In De-Facto standardization, he joined Infrared Data Association (IrDA) and served as Board Emeritus, Co-chair of Test Committee. At present he is also serving in the standardization of ultra high speed 100Mbps infrared data communication as a Co-chair of (UFIR, IrBurst).

Mohammad Alshawaf

Mr. Mohammad Alshawaf is Head of Community Soft Services (Waste Management and Janitorial.). Since joining KAUST in 2008, Mr. Alshawaf has been responsible for Community Waste Management Services. Mr. Alshawaf will welcome the Community to the Waste Transfer Station and introduce the waste management process, before participants join the tour. Jacqueline Piper, Environmental and Sustainability Specialist, will set the scene for the wider Sustainability perspective and explain why “closing the loop” is an integral part of resource management.

Mohammed Alhusein

Mohammed Al-Husein is a communications consultant at Saudi Aramco with an experience of eight years in communications-related positions. He is an award-winning public speaker and has been a member of Toastmasters for five years. Mohammed holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree Business Administration.

Mohammed Bahrawi

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Mohanad Bahshwan

A pioneer engineer responsible for establishing DOW's Middle East R&D Center - located in Saudi Arabia. Led multiple projects with direct impact on the center establishment ranging from design improvements, commissioning, maintenance protocols, EH&S implementation as well as procurement projects. Also led the execution of a client-based project that constitutes a milestone for DOW to tap into the Saudi market, which involved working with a team of 15+ operators/technicians.

Morris Brooker


Mshana Mzuguno

Mshana Mzuguno is an artist who has carried on in the tradition of his father, David Mzuguno, the originator of the Mzuguno style of painting.

Nasir Moosa

Degree: Master’s (with Honours) Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience (1st Class honours) Industry Experience: I am responsible for leading all application development of Water Separation Technologies for Dow Chemical in the Middle East. Ultrafiltration and SWRO are the lead technologies that are tested either at the Dow R&D Water Technology Centre in KAUST or remote customer locations such as SWDRI in Jubail, SWCC in Shuqaiq and potentially SWCC in Al Khobar.I have presented papers of Advanced Cleaning Research for Ultrafiltration Technology and also SWRO Interstaged Design at the Saudi Water and Power Forum alongside the Arwadex conference, WTSA conference and the IDA. Prior to joining Dow, I was a lead process engineer for Shell Chemicals in the UK. I was a process specialist for Naphtha steam reforming and Alcohol synthesis.

Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His work on advanced robotics focuses on methodologies and technologies in human-centered robotics including humanoid control architectures, human motion synthesis, interactive dynamic simulation, haptics, and human- friendly robot design. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, STAR. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR). Professor Khatib is a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development. In 2010, he received the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award in Robotics and Automation for his fundamental pioneering contributions in robotics research, visionary leadership, and life-long commitment to the field. He received the 2013 IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his vision and leadership for the Robotics and Automation Society, in establishing and sustaining conferences, publishing influential monographs and handbooks and training and mentoring the next generation of leaders in robotics education and research. In 2014, he received the IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.

Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and startup accelerator manager and is a certified Angel Investor Trainer. He helped form and advise various angel groups and startup accelerators globally. Ozan has spent most of his career in management positions in public and private companies and currently dedicates his career to strengthen and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems. His global efforts to build healthier entrepreneurial ecosystems and his passion for startup accelerators and angel investing led him to become a lead instructor at Angel Labs (based in San Francisco) to host education and training sessions all over the world and create two Startup Accelerators in KAUST. He serves as a mentor to startups in leading accelerator programs around the world and is a regular guest at various universities & entrepreneurship events speaking about venture & angel investing and startup acceleration. He started in Deloitte as a Financial Services Professional then served in Laureate Inc. (NASDAQ:LAUR) Turkish Subsidiary in various positions (Finance Manager, Vice Director of MBA Programs, Advisor to Graduate Business School) where he also instructed MBAs. He later worked with Dutch Based Angel Wings Ventures Istanbul Office.

Pai-Yen Chen

Dr. Pai-Yen Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the Wayne State University, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 2013. He was a Research Scientist in the Metamaterial Commercialization Center (MCC) at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory (IV-Lab)in 2013-2014 and an Assistant Researcher in the National Nano Device Laboratory, Taiwan, in 2006- 2009. He has been involved in multidisciplinary research on high-frequency electronics, applied electromagnetics, and lightwave technologies. He is the co-author of over 100 scientific contributions published in international books, journals, transactions and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and is the co-inventor of US Patents related to his research. His research achievements have raised worldwide attention in the scientific and news press, like in the case of metamaterials and graphene plasmons. He has received several prestigious honors, national fellowships, best student paper awards, and industrial scholarships. http://paiyenchen.wordpress.com

Pascal Bogaert

Pascal Bogaert, Belgian, obtained a masters degree in the visual arts and a teaching license from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium in 1997. He lived and work in East Africa since 1998 and I am currently the MYP and IB Visual Arts teacher at the International School of Uganda.

Paul Bennett

Manager of Graduate Events and Recreation with Graduate Affairs at KAUST.

Paul Maguire

New Zealand native Paul Maguire has been fortunate enough to experience the world, traveling the globe riding his wakeboard. From Australia to Europe and many places in between these adventures have been a combination of competing at world-class events and coaching at prestigious facilities. In recent times Paul has remained home returning to study to further his education as well as focusing on the sports progression within in New Zealand, all the while Paul’s passion for riding his board has never wavered riding stronger now than ever before…

Prince Xavier

Dr. Prince Xavier is a computational chemist/scientist in molecular chemistry with more than 24 years of research experience in academia and in industry. His research interests are in the areas of computational chemistry, theoretical organic chemistry, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, chemogenomics and molecular modeling. Dr. Xavier makes use of computational methods and models for the design of novel materials/catalysts, thermodynamic and kinetic profiling of organic and polymerization reactions, understanding the catalytic behaviour of enzymes and in designing/optimizing new molecules that could lead to medicines/therapeutic agents (computer-aided drug design), by the application of molecular mechanics, density functional theory (DFT), ab initio quantum mechanical and semi-empirical quantum mechanical methods. Dr. Xavier hails from Cochin, India. Read more about him at his LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/cochinprince Favorite Quote: When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift... thrown away... Life is not a race, do take it slower... hear the music... before the song is over!

Reinhard Paul Ramdohr

After matriculation in 1957 I worked one year as trainee in German mines. In 1963 I obtained the mining engineering degree at the Clausthal School of Mines. This was followed by two and a half years with Freudenberg Group in Germany, building water treatment plants, before joining Sentinel Mining Company in West Australia, searching for iron ore. 1968 Ph.D. in Geology at Heidelberg University in Germany. The following years I spent as base metal exploration geologist on various projects in South Australia before joining Aquitaine Australia Minerals as Project geologist in NT and WA. This work involved all levels of exploration for base metals, gold and uranium. I was instrumental in the discovery of the Sorby Hills lead deposit. Exploration in Germany and Kanada, USA and Sambia for Preussag AG from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1990 I worked again with the Freudenberg Group for investment planning and control. During this period I was involved in industrial projects in Brazil, exploration projects in Senegal and Guinea. Since 1991 I am working as an independent consultant on various projects, e.g. from 1995 to 1998 for the German GTZ to promote small scale gold mining projects in Ghana. Later on RE targets in Ethiopia, fluorite in Mongolia etc. From 2001 to 2010 I did exploration work in Madagascar, including four years as U – exploration manager with Pan African Mining Corp. 2010 to 2013 Director for High River Gold Exploration Burkina SARL and Jilbey Burkina SARL in Burkina Faso. 2014 Freelance Geologist. Publications on sapphire deposits in Madagascar and a copper deposit in South Australia. Several posters at international geol. conferences and many geol. presentations.

Robert Green

Title: President/CEO, EndoVantage & Chairman/CEO, Integrated Biomolecule Corp. Bio: Robert is an accomplished entrepreneur and attorney with a unique perspective gained practicing law at a major law firm, founding and operating eight successful companies and leading Arizona’s bioscience trade group. As a lawyer he specialized in major corporate transactions and represented numerous celebrities. For his first business venture he reorganized and sold a bankrupt bioscience instrument company. He then went on to form his flagship company, Integrated Biomolecule Corporation. Started in his garage, in 2008 he sold the bulk of the company including its science center to a major pharmaceutical company. His other ventures specialized in biotechnology; investment and management; diagnostics and testing; laboratory development and construction; and novel medical devices. Robert is a frequent media commentator and author of business articles. In 2001, he was named an Entrepreneurial Fellow by the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, and in 2003 he received an Arizona Spirit of Success Award from then Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Robert is an initial member of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, the group implementing a plan for Arizona to become a significant bioscience region (Vice-Chair during 2004-2006) and is the past president of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. Robert graduated City University of New York Magna Cum Laude and Fordham University School of Law with honors. He holds several patents. Industry Areas: Medical, Healthcare & Biosciences Functional Areas: Business models, Venture Capital, Strategic Partnerships, Startups

Saber Feki

Saber Feki received his PhD in computer science at the University of Houston in 2010. His research interests are in high performance computing, automatic performance tuning and parallel programming models. In 2011, he joined the oil and gas giant TOTAL as an HPC Research Scientist and he currently holds the position of computational scientist at the KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory. His latest activities are focused on accelerating seismic imaging and electromagnetics applications using OpenACC.

Salah El Tawm

Salah is a member of the KAUST Campus Support Team.

Samar Aseeri

Dr. Samar Aseeri is a Computational Scientist at KAUST Supercomputing Lab. Before joining KAUST in 2010, she received her training on supercomputing at IBM in New York. She obtained both her Masters and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Umm Al-Qura University in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Her current research interests focus on Fast Fourier Transform library benchmarks. Along with providing support to Shaheen users at KAUST, she is also involved with various research projects with the Extreme Computing Research Center.

Sameed Muhammed

Sameed is a physicist at CERN working on the laser spectroscopy of antihydrogen with the ALPHA experiment. Born and raised in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Sameed completed his high school in Pakistan and subsequently left the country in pursuit of higher education. He has a Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering from KAUST in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A certified CERN Guide, Sameed is eager to talk about life at the world’s largest physics laboratory and is willing to arrange tours of CERN for members of the KAUST community.

Sami Nawar

General Director of Culture and Media and the official speaker for the City of Jeddah.

Suzana Nunes

Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering

Svante Pääbo

Svante Pääbo has developed technical approaches that have allowed DNA sequences from extinct creatures such as mammoths, ground sloths and Neandertals to be determined. He directed the efforts to sequence the entire Neandertal genome and discovered Denisovans, a new hominin based on DNA sequences determined from a small Siberian bone. He also works on the comparative genomics of humans and apes, particularly the evolution of gene activity and genetic changes that may underlie aspects of traits specific to humans such as speech and language. Svante Pääbo holds several honorary degrees and is a member of numerous academies, including the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy. He is currently a Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany."

Takashi Gojobori

Prof. Gojobori is a molecular biologist, he is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2005). In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Prof. Gojobori as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He has received the Gaetano Salvatore Gold Medal from Italy (2004). He was awarded the Kihara Memorial Foundation Academic Award in 1995 and the Purple Ribbon Medal and the Medal of Honor of Japan in 2009 for a series of his researches to pioneer the early age of “Molecular Evolutionary Studies using Genome Information”

He is the Founding Editor of the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, the Executive Editor of the journal Gene, Academic Editor of FEBS Letters, Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution and PLOS Genetics, and Section Editor of Computer Genomics in BMC Genomics. He has served on the editorial boards of 6 international journals including GigaScience. Previously he was the Editor of Journal of Molecular Evolution for 8 years (1995–2003). He is leader of the Japanese team of the H-Invitational international consortium who was tasked with creating a database linking the 21,037 validated human genes to their biological function

Gojobori has worked extensively on the rates of synonymous and non-synonymous substitutionspositive selectionhorizontal gene transferviral evolutiongenome evolution, and comparative gene expression. In recent years, he has focused on the evolution of the brain and Central nervous system.

Gojobori has served as the Program Director of the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) of the Government of Japan and is the Science Officer of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, Culture, and Technology (MEXT). He has contributed to the DDBJ/GenBank/EMBL database construction as well as the H-Invitational human gene database.

Thibaut Lery

Dr. Thibaut Lery acts as Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation at KAUST. Previously, he was Senior Science Officer in charge of foresight, evaluation services and collaborative projects at the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, France. He was also an associated Professor at the University of Strasbourg, teaching Project Management at Master level at the Ecole de Management de Strasbourg - Business School, and at the Ecole Supérieur de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg (ESBS). He has managed European foresight initiatives, Research Networking Programmes, projects with the European Commission and Peer review activities. He has been working as an expert for the European Commission (Research infrastructures, Marie Curie Programmes, Future Emerging Technologie, DG Research, DG INFSO), the Irish and Norwegian governments. He has a PhD in computational and theoretical astrophysics. He was previously involved in the Irish National grid, the Irish Computing Center ICHEC, in European projects such as EGEE, EARNEST, JETSET, HET and PRACE. Previously, he has been holding academic teaching and research positions in France, Canada, Ireland and Congo.

Tony William Antakly

Tony Antakly is a tenured Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal. He holds two doctorates in cell and molecular biology from the University of Paris including a D.Sc. (Doctorat ès-sciences d’État) obtained in 1983. He completed post-doctoral training at Laval University, Columbia University of New York and the NIH in Bethesda. Author of more than 100 scientific publications and communications, his main research interests relate to molecular mechanisms of hormone action, the expression of specific cellular genes during the tumoral process and development of novel pharmaceutical products. Over the years, his laboratory has received funding from peer-reviewed agencies including the C.I.H.R. Canada, the US National Institutes of Health, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, the National Health and Research Development Program of the Canadian Health Ministry (Health-Canada) and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. The Biologic and Genetic Therapies Directorate of Health Canada (FDA homologue) granted him approval to test on humans a molecule discovered by his group. In late 1990`s, T. Antakly founded two University spin-off Biotech ventures. He directed the R&D studies on a novel therapeutic metabolite up to Phase II clinical trials. He also participated in University-Industry development initiatives and acted as member of several academic intellectual property committees including one that oversees the corporation responsible for University of Montreal technology valorization.

Vanessa Percher

Vanessa Percher has been cooking up a storm in Montreal, Canada since 2005. Vanessa’s celiac disease diagnosis in 2007 transformed her life and motivated her to go to India to study Ayurvedic healing through food. Over the years, she has merged her knowledge of Eastern Ayurvedic cooking with her professional Western cooking background that also includes a degree from the St-Pius Culinary Institute, certificates in Applied Nutrition as well as Vegetarian Nutrition from the Alive Academy of Natural Health and participation at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. Vanessa offers catering services, cooking classes, consulting services to restaurants and food distributors including private chef services. In January 2013, Vanessa opened her first commercial site named Chef Veganessa. It is ever expanding whereby some of her products can now be found at various retailers with outlets across Canada. Vanessa always keeps up with the latest food science and is a strong advocate of the gluten free whole grain plant based diet and believes that food shouldn't just taste good and be visually appealing, it should be most importantly highly nutritious. www.veganessa.ca

Vladimir Bajic

Dr. Bajic is Director of CBRC. His primary interest is in facilitating biological discoveries by bioinformatics combined with data modeling and machine learning. Emphasis is on inference of new information in biological data, development of systems with such capabilities on HPC and cloud computing. Other interests: synthetic biology simulation models, optimization of metabolic pathways, omics-data analysis, text- & data-mining, cheminformatics, in silico screening for bioactive compounds.

Weep Singh


WEP Team

WEP Team

Xuance Zhou

Xuance Zhou received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2009.His undergraduate degree program featured one year of studies at Korea University in Seoul. Subsequently, he received his M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2010. At KAUST, he worked on the micro bubble collisions. For his Ph.D. studies at the University of California at Berkeley, he is working on the development and analysis of a model for soft robot. His broader research interests lie in the modeling, analysis and understanding of interesting dynamical phenomena. http://dynamics.berkeley.edu/people.html

Yumi Kurosawa


Zulfikhar Mohammed

Zulfikhar Ali Mohammed is an experienced systems’ analyst with emphasis on Unix security. He has over 18 years’ experience in the IT industry, ensuring optimal functionality of systems while maintaining security standards. At KAUST, he is responsible for making sure our mission-critical systems (processing salaries, budgets, HR, GASC requests, etc) are compliant with CIS-CAT benchmarks, which is an industry-wide security standards body. He also keeps a close eye on security risks and threats as they appear and takes actions to remediate and eliminate them.